12 Budget-Friendly Homemade Baby Food Purees (75% savings on store-bought brands)

These 12 Budget-Friendly Homemade Baby Food Purees will save you an average of 75% off of store-bought brands! Delicious food for your baby at a fraction of the price!

12 Budget-Friendly Homemade Baby Food Purees

Who wants to save several hundred dollars on baby food?

I better see everyone raising their hands 🙋🙋🙋

I would estimate that the average baby goes through roughly 2500oz of purees in six months, which can cost upwards of $900 with store-bought purees. I don’t know about you, but spending almost a thousand dollars on store-bought baby food is not really on my agenda.

There are so many pairs of amazing shoes I can get with that money instead 😉👠

Especially when I can make a better quality of puree for baby at a fraction of the price!

Below you will see 12 Budget-Friendly Homemade Baby Food Purees that I compared with store bought brands. The recipes don’t always match up perfectly, but I got as close as possible with a variety of different brands. All of the produce I priced out is organic and all of the pouches are organic as well. I did some math and equations (which kinda blew my mind) and I found out that making your own baby food purees saves you a ton of money!!!

The recipes below give you between 55-98% savings off of store-bought brands 💰

Yes! 98%!!!!!!

That is just crazy, I know!

And the average savings come in at 75% off of store-bought brands!!

It’s time to start saving some major money by making some homemade baby food!

Ways to Save Even More Money

Shop Around

I priced out all of the produce for the purees below at Trader Joes, which has cheaper organic produce than Whole Foods but you can certainly get cheaper organic produce at Costco or at your local grocery store. If you want to save even more money, then I would recommend shopping at several different stores and seeing what produce they have on sale each week.

Use Frozen

I would strongly encourage you to use frozen organic produce whenever fresh produce isn’t available or is too costly. Frozen produce is picked and packaged at the peak of freshness so most of the time frozen produce is the same, if not better, quality then you can get fresh at the store. To use frozen produce in baby purees, simply place a bowl of the frozen produce on the counter or in the fridge until thawed. You can also use the defrost setting on the microwave if you are in a rush. Drain any excess water before using in a puree recipe.

Organic vs. Conventional

I always stress that it is best to use organic produce for baby’s food for the first year, but depending on where you live you might not be able to find quality organic produce at a reasonable price. If you can’t find organic produce or simply don’t have the budget for organic produce, then I would then strongly recommend using the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen List as a guide for what organic produce is a must verses what conventional produce is totally fine to use. During the summer months I can usually find all organic produce at reasonable prices but in the winter I use that guide all the time when I shop for my family.


Apple + Spinach and Broccoli Baby Puree

Makes: 18 ounces
3 organic apple ($.99), 1 cup organic broccoli ($.57), 1 cup organic spinach ($.50) = $2.06 or $.11oz

Happy Tot Organic Apples, Spinach, Peas & Broccoli + Super Chia 4oz pouch = $1.59 or $.39oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.28 per ounce or 72% savings

Sweet Potato + Coconut Milk with Coriander Baby Food Puree

30 ounces
3 organic sweet potatoes (2.67), 1/2 cup organic coconut milk ($.28), 1/2 tsp coriander ($.10) = $3.05 or $.10oz

Plum Organics Baby Food, Just Sweet Potato 3oz pouch = $1.13 or $.37oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.27 per ounce or 72% savings

Mango, Kale + Ginger Baby Food Puree

20 ounces
2 organic frozen mangos ($1.19), 2 organic pears ($.82), 1/2 cup organic kale ($.07), 1 tsp fresh ginger (.$10) = $2.18 or $.11oz

Happy Squeeze Organic Superfoods Twist Apple, Kale & Mango 3.17oz pouch = $.95 or $.30oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.19 per ounce or 63% savings

Blackberry + Kale + Apple Baby Puree

Makes: 15 ounces
2 organic apples ($.66), 1 c organic blackberry ($1.84), 1 cup organic baby kale ($.14) = $2.64 or $.17oz

Happy Squeeze Organic Apple, Kale & Blueberry 3.17oz pouch= $.90 or $.38oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.73 per ounce or 71% savings

Apple + Spinach + Pea Baby Food Puree

12 ounces
2 organic apples ($.66), 1/4 cup organic spinach ($.12), 1/4 cup organic frozen peas ($.09) = $.87 or $.07oz

Mama Bear Organic Baby Food Apple, Pear & Spinach 4oz pouch = $1.20 or $.30oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.23 per ounce or 77% savings

Carrot Applesauce for Baby + Toddler

30 ounces
6 organic apples ($1.98), 4 organic carrots ($.52), spices ($.40) = $2.90 or $.10oz

Plum Organics Organic Baby Food, Apple and Carrot 4oz pouch = $1.13 or $.28oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.18 per ounce or 64% savings

Apple + Sweet Potato and Carrot Baby Puree

Makes: 26 ounces
3 organic apples ($.99), 1 organic sweet potato ($.89), 2 organic carrots ($.26) = $2.14 or $.08oz

Happy Baby Organic Sweet Potatoes, Mangos & Carrots 4oz pouch = $1.40 or $.35oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.27 per ounce or 77% savings

Homemade Quinoa Baby Cereal

30 ounces
1/2 cup organic quinoa ($.36) = $.36 or $.01oz

NurturMe Organic Infant Cereals, Protein-Packed Quinoa 8oz package = $4.99 or $.62oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.61 per ounce or 98% savings

5-Minute Pear + Blueberry Baby Food Puree

10 ounces
2 cups organic pears ($.82), 1 cup organic frozen blueberries ($.99) = $1.81 or $.18oz

Ella’s Kitchen Organic Baby Food, Pear + Blueberry Baby Breakfast 3.5oz pouch = $1.40 or $.40oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.22 per ounce or 55% savings

Roasted Banana, Apple + Cinnamon Baby Food Puree

25 ounces
3 organic apples ($.99), 2 organic bananas ($.50), 1/8 cinnamon ($.03) = $1.52 or $.06oz

Mama Bear Organic Baby Food, Apple & Banana 4oz pouch = $1.20 or $.30oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.24 per ounce or 80% savings

Carrot + Nutmeg Baby Food Puree

30 ounces
2 lbs organic carrots (1.58), 1/4 tsp nutmeg ($.05) = $1.63 or $.05oz

Earth's Best Organic Stage 1 Baby Food, Carrots 2.5oz jar = $.52 or $.20oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.15 per ounce or 75% savings


Avocado + Pineapple + Banana Baby Food Puree

Makes: 8 ounces
1/2 organic banana ($.12), 1/4 organic avocado ($.29), 1/4 cup organic pineapple ($.43) = $.84 or $.10oz

Once Upon a Farm Wild Rumpus Avocado 3.12oz pouch = $3.49 or $1.09oz

Total Savings of Homemade Puree = $.99 per ounce or 90% savings


 

New to making purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actually are going to need. Hint, it's not many!